Q. Do you offer cheaper fares for children?
A. Yes; we’re thrilled when families sail with us, and we offer special discount tickets for infants (aged under 2) and children (aged 2-15). To find the prices for your chosen trip visit our fares page.
Q. What family facilities do you have on-board?
A. You’ll find our recently-refurbished baby changing facilities in the disabled toilet on the upper deck. You are of course welcome to feed your baby in any of the public areas on board ship, but if you’d prefer somewhere private, please do ask at the Purser’s Office. If you’d like us to warm some baby food or milk, please ask at either of the cafés – we don’t have microwave facilities, but may still be able to help.
Q. How long is the crossing?
A. Depending on tides and weather conditions, the crossing takes about 2h 45m.
Q. How will I keep them occupied?
A.For many children, simply being on board ship is exciting enough. Especially in good weather, families tend to spend time on deck, enjoying the view and looking out for islands, ships and wildlife.
We regularly spot dolphins and rare sea birds; basking sharks are a possibility, and if you’re really lucky you may even see a whale. Every week, our resident nature expert makes the trip, to show you where to look.
Q. Is the ferry safe for children?
A. We do our best to keep everyone safe, and it’s understandable that children can be excited about being on board ship. But it’s always important to keep a close eye on children, on any moving vehicle – especially with more than 400 other passengers on -board.
In particular, it’s important not to let them run or climb: as any sailor will tell you, always keep your feet firmly on the deck.
Q. What are children’s luggage allowances?
A. Children and infants benefit from the same 25Kg luggage allowance as grown-ups do, but please do remember that this includes any items like travel cots or buggies you might be checking in.
Q. Can I take a buggy or pushchair on-board?
A. If you’d find it easier to keep your buggy with your during the crossing, that’s absolutely fine – but please be considerate to your fellow passengers, by being careful not to cause an obstruction, especially if the weather on deck is bad and space is limited. If a buggy is especially large, we might have to ask you to fold it for some parts of the voyage.
Q. Can we bring bikes and play equipment?
A. We can transport bikes and other large items in our cargo containers; please contact us to book them in advance.
You’re welcome to bring smaller play items like colouring books on board, to keep young ones occupied if exploring and looking for ships and sea life don’t appeal.
Q. Are electronic gadgets allowed?
A. Yes, but please do remember to use headphones if there’s any sound, so you don’t disturb your fellow passengers. We’re not able to provide charging facilities on board ship.
Q. Can my child travel on their own?
A. It’s quite a long crossing, and there’s always a chance the ocean might become rough, so we can’t allow children under the age of 16 to travel unaccompanied aboard Scillonian III. If you have a child (aged between eight and sixteen) who need to travel to or from Scilly on their own, Skybus may be able to help.
Q. What if my child’s unwell?
A. Our crew will provide you with sick bags, and any materials you need to make sure your child is as clean and comfortable as possible. We can’t actually look after your children, but we’re here to help.
Q. Who can I ask for help?
A. If you need help, please ask any one of our crew – or go to the Purser’s Office on the upper deck.
Q. Can my child meet the Captain?
A. The Captain and Master are very busy people, but if you ask at the Purser’s Office we’ll always do our best for you.